36 Mission Co-ordinators and the budding missionaries of the 6 FMA Indian Provinces gathered at Auxilium, Nongthymmai, Shillong for the Mission Ad/Inter Gentes Meet from December 5-8, 2013. The theme aptly chosen is “Home- A Challenging place for Evangelization” organized by Sr. Agatha Shadap, INS, the National Co-ordinator for the Missions.
The day began with the Morning Prayer led by the Province of Bangalore on the missionary zeal of Bon Bosco, the “Da Mihi Animas caetera tolle”. His Grace, Most Rev. Dominic Jala SDB, D.D, Archbishop of Shillong, presided over the Inaugural Mass at 7.00am. In his homily, he highlighted on the challenges and problems faced by the families today all over the world. After mass, the assembly accorded him with a melodious welcome song followed by a group photo with him.
At 8.45am was the solemn Inaugural function which was creatively animated by the young sisters of the host community. Sr. Marvella Shangpliang, Provincial Vicar voiced out a note of welcome in the name of Sr. Isabella Suja, the Provincial and the sisters of the Province. The beautiful rendition of the song entitled “We are called to be signs of Jesus’ love, channels of his grace” followed. The participants were presented a Khasi shawl to combat the cold of Shillong. The representatives of the provinces lit the lamp invoking the presence of the Lord and his Spirit. Prayer dance is one of the best ways of worship. The novices of Bellefonte enthralled everyone with their unique choreographic steps in praise of God.
Messages of Sr. Lucy Rose Ozhukayil, General Visiting Councillor and Sr. Crescentia D’Almeida, President of FMA PCI were read by Sr. Aquila Phawa INC and Sr. Teresa INB respectively. The assembly then sang together the theme song of GC XXIII “Make your Home in me as I make mine in you”. At the end of the inaugural function, Sr. Agatha Shadap, the National Co-ordinator briefed to the participants the general information of the programme.